Ease of Use- Internet Database Services{1}

by Vincent S
Now that we are reaching the end of this course, we have all come a long way in our database skills.  But Computer Information Systems is just one discipline of the Business Administration major.  We must not forget that when in the business world, not everyone we encounter will have database experience.

Sometimes when working for a company, a individual employee, such as a salesperson, will accumulate data that he will have to record.  The data will later have to added to the database.  The most common technique used today is to use a spreadsheet application to record the data, and then email the spreadsheet to the company database administrator.  The reason for such a technique is the fact that most average employees can use a database server on their own and our therefore at the mercy of their own tech skills.  Besides that, what sane database administrator would allow a regular employee have access to the main company database?

However, a recent influx in online data services have made it so this process can be done much more efficiently.  The most common services such as Trackvia, Blist.com, and Dabble DB, offer a plan in which they charge according to how many people will have access to the data account.  The way this service works, is that an employee with new data to add to the company wide database will instead send the spreadsheet to the web service.  They will then format it into data that can be easily pasted into the company wide database according to the software, the columns, the model, and the data definitions.

I think this is relevant because it shows further applications of web based data services.  For me it answered the question of how external data can be added to a company database if the data itself was collected from someone other then the database administrator.  Learning any new information pertaining to the growing world of web services fascinates me as new innovation continues to grow the technology industry.



Strom, David (2009, May 18).  Retrieved on March 2, 2012 from http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/165079/how_to_build_and_share_databases_on_the_web.html